The Changing Metropolis: Earliest Photography of London 1839-1879

The Changing Metropolis Earliest Photography of London The earliest surviving photographs of London date from the very year in which Daguerre revealed the invention of the first practical form of photography to the world

  • Title: The Changing Metropolis: Earliest Photography of London 1839-1879
  • Author: Gavin Stamp
  • ISBN: 9780140070149
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The earliest surviving photographs of London date from 1839, the very year in which Daguerre revealed the invention of the first practical form of photography to the world

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    1. I greatly enjoy perusing collections of early photographs, which were the first time history was capable of being recorded in all its human detail. And this very nicely produced volume covers some of the earliest available that were taken of one of the world’s great cities, beginning only a few months after M. Daguerre introduced his new invention in France. However, Stamp is a noted architectural historian and that determines his priorities. There are a great many photos here of, for instance [...]

    2. c1984. Great book with some wonderful photographs and really brings home how much of London is actually relatively modern. Between the Victorians and the German bombers, it really is surprising and miraculous that some old buildings do actually exist. Definitely recommended to the Londonphiles amongst the normal crew. "When fully raised, the ball was 129 feet above the level of the Thames and it fell ten feet. It is not recorded if the descent of the ball also made a noise."

    3. The Author must have spent a lot of efforts in searching for the best illustrative and representative photo, and also research into details of the building process and the relationship with the social environment when the photo was taken! There are also a lot of cross-references between the plates. Congratulations, and thank you!

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